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Temporary Fix Found for Flooding in Grimes

The mayor of Grimes tells WDHN News that they are now pumping water out of the flooded area in Chrisney Estates Mobile Home Park.
Billie Jo Dasinger, the mayor of Grimes tells WDHN News that they are now pumping water out of the flooded area in Chrisney Estates Mobile Home Park.

The water has been standing here for over a month now. After the heavy rains this summer, an area of land behind the park overflowed into the neighborhood--causing a big problem for the small town of Grimes.

It's not the first time it's happened--years ago the flooding led three homes to be abandoned. But according to neighbors, this is the worst it's ever been--and they say they can't get any help at all.

"They all say this is the city's responsibility. It's a small city. A small town about 400 residents and we just don't have that much income. We have hired our own engineer. We can't get anything done from the county engineer he's not working with us and he is down here and he thinks it can be solved but it's going to take time and money," said Dasinger.

When we spoke with the mayor last month, she said she hoped the owner of the land with overflowing water would allow work to be done to alleviate the problem.

But we spoke with Bryan Everett, the owner of that land today. He declined to speak on camera but told us that the land has been in his family for over fifty years--and it wasn't a problem until the city of Grimes was developed. According to Everett all of the runoff in the city of grimes has been piped to his land--causing the water to never go down.

Earlier today, neighbors said everyone is blaming each other and they're angry that a resolution has yet to be found.

"I don't even want to live here anymore. I couldn't even give this property away let alone sell it," Hope said.

The mayor says she has somewhat of a new plan now.

"I'm at a dead end. I don't know where else to go so we're going to try this. We have a holding pond down at the end of the property, the city does, and we're going to have to dig it out, make it larger hopefully if that's done then hopefully that will take care of the water next time,” Dasinger said.

The water is pumping to the area at about 500 gallons a minute. We will continue to follow this story.
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